New Saturn Radios Feature Auxiliary Audio Inputs

Music lovers will find it easier to take their favorite tunes on the road thanks to a new family of radios that will be offered in the Saturn Ion, Vue, and other GM vehicles starting later this year. The new radios include an auxiliary channel and front mounted auxiliary input jack, so that an iPod or other audio source can be easily plugged in and played through the vehicle audio system. "We think the ability to easily connect an iPod or other audio source directly into the vehicle audio system will be a big hit with customers," said Paul Nadeau, director, infotainment displays and controls, for GM Engineering.

Radios featuring the new auxiliary input jack will debut starting in late spring. They will be standard equipment on 2006 models of the Chevy HHR, Impala and Monte Carlo; Saturn Vue and Ion; Pontiac Solstice; Buick Lucerne; and Cadillac DTS. The radios will be fitted to other new GM models over the next several years.

Auxiliary audio inputs in the console of GM vehicles equipped with DVD players also allow an iPod or other source to be played through the vehicle sound system using a simple adapter cord. "General Motors has a long tradition of leading with technology that provides real benefits to our customers," said Mark LaNeve, GM North America vice president, sales, service and marketing. "We are excited to be part of the iPod revolution by offering our customers an easy way to play their favorite music in their GM cars and trucks."

Click here for a sneak peak at one of the new radios.

Source: General Motors

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